Two new books tackle the question of life and sentience and, together, they make a strong argument that neither may be as improbable as we thought. … More How Likely is Intelligent Life?
Science is finally making real progress on the question of how our species achieved a mostly nonviolent social harmony. … More The Decline of Violence in Homo sapiens
Because it is seen as a proxy of health and good genes, facial symmetry is one of the few features that is universally attractive. … More Why Facial Symmetry Is So Attractive
In a recent episode of TWOH, we explore the complicated effects of taurine on the brain. … More Energy Drinks, Taurine, Caffeine, and Addiction: A Complicated Picture
A maladaptation is a feature of an organism that was once beneficial but no longer is, usually due to a change in the environment. When it comes to psychology, it’s often difficult to precisely dissect maladaptive behaviors. … More Maladaptation in Evolutionary Psychology
Psychological profiles of Donald Trump are hampered by lack of personal access, but can we learn something from an evolutionary analysis? … More Does Trump Fit the Evolutionary Role of Narcissistic Sociopath?
Our flaws show the limits of our biology and the way in which our past shapes our present. … More The Beauty of Imperfection: Why I Wrote “Human Errors”
New research on attraction reveals how this multidimensional phenomenon integrates in our mind. … More Attraction and Mate Choice in Humans
Suddenly, Fermi blurted out, “Where is everybody?” … More Maybe We haven’t Met Aliens Because They’ve Messed Up Their Planets, too
When, how, and why do children lie and what can parents do to help them be truthful? … More Children and Lying